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2nd round of Iran-IAEA technical talks begins in Tehran

Tehran, Oct 10, IRNA - The second round of technical talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency officials on the P1 and P2 centrifuges began in Tehran on Wednesday.

The two sides held the first round of their talks in the context of an Iran-IAEA agreement reached on August 21 to resolve the outstanding issues over the country's peaceful nuclear activities.

The first round of talks which lasted three hours at the premises of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) was co-chaired by the SNSC Deputy Secretary for International Affairs, Javad Vaeedi, and deputy IAEA Chief for Safeguards, Olli Heinonen.

Heinonen arrived in Tehran early Tuesday morning at the head of a delegation of IAEA technical experts.

The former round of talks regarding centrifuges were held in Tehran on September 24-25.

Informed sources said that during the present round of talks which would last until Thursday, the Iranian side would present written responses to several questions put forward by IAEA on the P1 and P2 centrifuges in August.

Iran's written responses to the agency's questions would be followed up in another meeting between the two sides expected to be held in mid October.

The initiative to resolve the outstanding issues about Iranian nuclear program was put forward after three rounds of talks between top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and EU foreign policy and security chief Javier Solana in Madrid and Larijani's negotiations with the IAEA chief in Vienna.

The agency would then have until mid October to study the responses and raise new point(s), if any, the sources added.

Likely closure of the centrifuges P1 and P2 cases would open discussion on the subject of contamination.

The IAEA assessment will be available in November in IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei's report.

Tehran expects the IAEA not to be influenced by certain countries' political pressures and act independently in case-by-case examination.

The case of Plutonium and contamination in Karaj has been closed so far according to the work plan.

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